Information for foreign citizens coming to Ukraine

11 August 2020

From May, 22 till August, 31 Ukraine has entered the adaptive quarantine stage. Adaptive quarantine means that most of the restrictions have been lifted. In the areas with high infection rate all quarantine restrictions are to be saved.

Since June, 15 air service has been recovered. Foreigners are permitted to entry Ukraine.

Here are some frequently asked questions for foreign citizens coming to Ukraine:

How to define what zone I belong to according to the epidemiology situation and what are my quarantine options?

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has developed criteria for "zoning" countries depending on the spread of COVID-19 per 100,000 population.

«Red zone» - countries with more than 40 active cases per 100,000 population. People entering Ukraine from the «red zone» countries need to undergo self-isolation or observation for 14 days.

«Green zone» - less than 40 active cases per 100,000 population. People entering Ukraine from the «green zone» countries do not need self-isolation or observation.

Caution! Citizens of the «red zone» countries do not need to undergo self-isolation or observation if they arrive from the «green zone» countries and are able to confirm their stay in the «green zone» area within the last 14 days.

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine is to update the number of active cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population in other countries every three days.

Who pays for observation and treatment of foreigners in Ukraine?

All foreigners arriving in Ukraine must have an insurance. Entering Ukraine without an insurance is prohibited. Treatment and observation are paid by the insurer according to insurance or at one’s own expenses.

What should I know before coming to Ukraine?

AT HOME (before going to the airport):

  • Pay attention to your well-being and cancel the trip if you have such symptoms as: high temperature (38º and higher), fever, cough, laboured breathing, loss of ability to taste or smell.
  • Fill in the Notice (information form) provided by the airline about your health condition (if required by the airline).
  • Provide for medical masks (at the rate of 1 mask for 2-3 hours of the entire trip), disposable gloves and a sanitizer (up to 10 ml).

AT AIRPORT (arrival)

  • Follow physical distance and hand hygiene. Wear and do not remove the medical mask.
  • Provide documents unfolded and without covers, be prepared to remove the medical mask for a short time at the request of the inspector.
  • Pick up your luggage and leave the terminal building in due course.
  • Reduce the risk of transmitting the virus by minimally interacting with people at the arrival terminal.

What is «Act at Home» («Diy Vdoma») application?

«Act at Home» («Diy Vdoma») is an application designed to monitor compliance with the conditions of self-isolation.

The control is carried out by means of regular messages in the application at any time during the day and checking the compliance of the photo of the person's face with the reference photo, made during the installation of the mobile application, and the geolocation of the mobile phone at the time of photography. In case of receiving a message, a person needs to take a photo of his/her face against the background of the environment within 15 minutes with the help of the application, so you should always keep your smartphone close, messages will not bother you at night.

Pay attention! that the application «Act at Home» can be installed only on Ukrainian phone numbers (+380) - to register in the application the subscriber is sent the SMS with a confirmation code, which must be entered into the application.

Self-isolation with «Act at Home» is considered active if the phone number is available during all 14 days of self-isolation.

Who needs to undergo PCR test?

Self-isolation or observation of a person due to the state border crossing is terminated in case of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, which was performed after crossing of the state border or no later than 48 hours before crossing.

At the same time, please note that the rule of a person’s self-isolation termination does not apply to the procedure for crossing the state border. That is, when crossing the border, the installation and activation of the mobile application Act at Home is mandatory, and it is possible to use the results of PCR test, including no later than 48 hours before crossing the border, for the purpose of self-isolation termination, already after crossing the border.

According to the Government Resolution on the establishment of the quarantine rules for the period from August 1 to 31, 2020.

The Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 641 «On the introduction of the quarantine and implementation of enhanced anti-epidemic measures in the area with a significant spread of acute respiratory disease COVID-19, caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2», introduced a number of rules that will be applied from August 1 to 31, 2020.

  • A category of persons, who are mandatory subject to self-isolation, is defined as persons, who come from the state or are citizens of states with a high prevalence of COVID-19. Such travelers are obliged to install and activate the mobile application «Act at Home», and in case of impossibility to use it – leave for observation.
  • Self-isolation, observation of a person, who came from the state or is a citizen of the state with a significant spread of COVID-19, is terminated if he/she receives a negative PCR test for COVID-19, which was performed after crossing the state border or no later than 48 hours before crossing.
  • A list of persons, who are not subject to mandatory self-isolation, has been identified. In particular, they are children under 12 years of age, citizens of countries with a significant prevalence of COVID-19, who have not visited such countries for the last 14 days, or are in transit throughout Ukraine and have documents, confirming travel abroad during two days.
  • Self-isolation is not required for employees of diplomatic missions and consular posts of foreign states, official international missions, organizations accredited in Ukraine and members of their families, drivers and crew members of trucks, regular buses, air, sea and river vessels crew members, members of train and locomotive crews, instructors of the armed forces of NATO member states.

We want also draw your attention that if the number of COVID-19 cases rise, the restrictions may be tightened leading to limitation of visiting public places, work of all establishments, public transport etc.

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